Roland TR-909 sampled into the SP-1200 by Samples From Mars

SP 909 From Mars

Samples From Mars has announced the release of SP 909 From Mars, a collection of Roland TR-909 drum sounds sampled into the E-mu SP-1200 sampler. The SP1200 is one of the only samplers that can actually make the 909 sound better – or at least, different, in a way that may suit your productions better. […]

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Get 96% OFF with 909 Bundle: 9 Production Master packs for $9 USD

Production Master 909 Bundle

ADSR Sounds has launched a limited time sale on the 909 Bundle: 9 Production Master packs for $9, offering a collection of top quality packs at a huge discount of 96% off regular. The bundle includes Vital Future Bass Toolkit, Epic Pop Guitars, Gold Dust Melancholy Soul Trap, 3AM LOFI, Venus, Stereophonic Vintage Hip-Hop & […]

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Goldbaby July Sale: Get 40% off vintage drum machine & synth sample packs

Goldbaby July Sale

Goldbaby Productions has launched a July Sale, offering a 40% discount on its drum machine collections and synth sample packs for a limited time. With a passion for vintage drum machines, synthesizers, vinyl, tape and music technology, Goldbaby has a fantastic reputation for creating useful and interesting instruments for use in many different genres of […]

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Save up to 80% on D16’s Repeater delay and Silverline Collection & Classic Boxes crossgrades

D16 Sale Plugin Boutique

Plugin Boutique has launched an exclusive sale on the D16 Repeater effect plugin, offering 80% off on the dual-delay with 23 unique, authentically modeled delay units ranging from classic oil cans and plates to the most famous vintage digital designs. The Delay is the ultimate creative tool for adding space, depth, and excitement to music. […]

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Beatmatch offers 909 Drums: Ableton Live Drum Kit as FREE download

Beatmatch 909 Drums Drum Kit

Beatmatch.info has announced that its 909 Drums: Ableton Live Drum Kit is available as a free download through the month of June. ‘909 Drums’ is a powerful drum kit inspired by the Roland’s legendary drum machine. Designed natively for Ableton Live, ‘909 Drums’ is a rock solid tool that will fit right into your production […]

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Sub51 updates Satur809 sample library to v1.5 (Kontakt, Komplete & EXS24)

Sub51 Satur809

Sub51 has announced version 1.5 of Satur809, an update to the sample llbrary which includes several enhancements plus compatibility with Logic Pro’s EXS24 sampler. Presented as a fully-functional, velocity layered Kontakt Instrument with access to Compression, Limiter, Reverb, Lo-fi, Delay and Phaser, this package is based on meticulously recorded samples recorded using original TR808 and […]

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Samples From Mars launches MPC1 drum synth sample pack

MPC1 From Mars feat

Samples From Mars has launched a new sample pack featuring the sounds of the rare, early 80s MPC1 analog drum synthesizer and sequencer from MPC Electronics. In contrast to Akai’s more famous line of digital MPC samplers, this MPC is a short-lived, 100% analog drum synthesizer that sounds something like an 808 crossed with a […]

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Roland Cloud releases Techno Suite of Patches & Patterns by Francis Preve and Jim Stout

Roland Cloud Techno Suite Patches Patterns

In conjunction with Roland Cloud, Symplesound and Carma Studio join forces to create the Roland Cloud Techno Suite, a comprehensive collection of 220 presets and grooves that encapsulate the history of the genre—from its roots in 1988’s “Second Summer of Love” to the current revolution in melodic techno. Developed by acclaimed sound designer Francis Preve […]

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Wave Alchemy launches Tuned Tape Drums & Ethereal Electronica

Wave Alchemy Tuned Tape Drums

Wave Alchemy has released its new sample pack Ethereal Electronica, a collection of loops, one-shots, MIDI files and more. A playground of musical inspiration for any forward-thinking music producer, Ethereal Electronica creatively blends organic acoustic instruments with seductive electronic elements; delivering an emotive collection of blissed out Chillwave beats, undulating analogue bass, cinematic pianos, textural […]

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Roland just made syncing Serato and TR drum machines automatic

The hybrid DJ set keeps getting fresh nudges. Now, Roland and Serato have added easy, automatic sync over USB for the TR-8, TR-8S, and the Boutique Series TR-08 and TR-09 drum machines.

And… oh, actually, this is such a no-brainer, I could almost just finish the story with that. (And that’s actually kind of cool.) But let’s offer a little more detail.

How does it work? Plus in a compatible drum machine via USB, and your drum machine follows Serato’s BPM.

How is that different from existing solutions? Well, it saves you the added step of configuring MIDI clock, at the very least. We’ll be able to test this shortly to check it in action, but it also presumably irons out other performance issues that can crop up with MIDI.

Oh, plus, if you didn’t understand any word I just said – this update is totally for you. You plug it in and it works. And rankly, that’s how it ought to be.

How do you get the update? Looks like all Serato DJ Pro owners with Roland hardware will be squared away. This is officially called the “Serato x Roland TR-SYNC update” but it appears you basically get plug and play support in the latest version of Serato DJ Pro.

Why would you want to do this? Well, even short of doing a full-on hybrid set, it can be fun to layer sum drum parts or (on the TR-8S) samples and so on. You could also then go on to sync still more gear from the TR. Oh, and the Boutique TR-08 and TR-09 are advantageously tiny. Even the most cramped DJ booth could easily fit one.

Bottom line – it’s nice to see some challenge to Pioneer’s own link protocol with their CDJ. Why shouldn’t you plug in drum machines and have them groove along? That’s why they’re drum machines.

I think it’ll make perfect sense, but for some reason, Roland marketing have gone a little crazy and decided to explain this not to non-technical DJs, but to actual space aliens. And for some reason all the sync in the product photography is 120 bpm, which bothers me. So here we go:

https://www.roland.com/global/promos/tr-serato-sync/

I’ll translate back to human:

What is a drum machine? It is … a machine … with drums in it.

What’s so special about Roland drum machines? No idea. I swear I can stop using them any time I want. I don’t really even like music. Watch, I’m about to do something more productive with my life right this second. The official Roland explanation, though:

The legendary TR-808 and 909 are the most influential drum machines of all time and have become part of the DNA of everything. They’ve literally just reprogrammed our genetic code and destroyed our minds and now all music genres and all carbon-based life on Earth have been assimilated, leading up presumably to some kind of invasion – once everyone has become a DJ.

Isn’t making your own beats complicated? No, it’s not, but that won’t stop you from becoming newly obsessed with how the beat is never right and the longer you listen to it, the more your grasp of all reality will melt away leaving you only with this loop. See DNA issue, above.

How do I include my own beats in my DJ set? This is a question that has truly no accurate answer, but if you call yourself a DJ, you’re already part of a global phenomenon started by a surprisingly small handful of people of color (very poorly attributed, as per usual) who just decided to show off and also not to have gaps between tracks and then got really deep into using phonographs incorrectly, so… uh, experiment, if you like, until you find something you like?

I’ve done it again. Long article. Also, not only is this not sponsored product, I now probably have to buy some apology rounds of drinks for whoever did write the original ad copy. Sorry.

There, instead of configuring MIDI, you now have more time to read my blathering.

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